• The book is the catalogue of a recent show at Mary Boone Gallery, which I sorta slagged in these precincts recently;
• We've been discussing limited editions over the past several posts, and Lee Friedlander is one big-name photographer who doesn't edition his prints, feeling that to do so is "undemocratic";
• It's reputedly a pretty, well-made example of bookmaking (I haven't seen it); and finally,
• In the words of the good short review on dlkcollection, "...The most reasonable conclusion would be that Friedlander, even at his advanced age, is a bomb-throwing, rule-breaking subversive. His pictures disregard nearly every landscape convention and cliché on the books...."
If you're new to Friedlander, this might be like beginning your acquaintance with Beethoven with the late quartets or the Hammerklavier, but then again, the best introductions are out of print.
By the way, the prints at Mary Boone (again according to dlkcollection) are priced at $8,500 each. In case you want one. Doesn't seem all that democratic (man, I gotta get a grip and stop being so catty), but then, for that, the book will serve.
(Thanks to QT Luong and Pete)
Last week's book of the week: Camera Lucida by Roland Barthes
How many readers bought it through our links: 50
ADDENDUM: Well, this is kinda funny, and I hope you can see the humor in it...Lee doesn't edition his prints, but the Mary Boone Gallery tells me that the book is a limited edition. There will only be 500 copies. It's scheduled for publication later this week, and it will essentially sell out on publication—that's my best guess, anyway. It could last a few weeks, or, you might pre-order it right now and eventually have your order go unfilled. I don't know. But I don't think it will last very long. Anyway, if you want one, I'd suggest you put your order in today.
ADDENDUM No. 2: As of 11:00 p.m. Tuesday, 52 TOP readers have ordered this book from Amazon—53 if you count me. That's more than 10% of the entire production run according to the Gallery. We'll have to see what happens. I'll keep you posted—and if you ordered one, let me know if you get it, will you?
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